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Slower Reaction Times in the Elderly

Recently, Scientific American dedicated their “60-Second Mind” post to the topic of cognitive processing speed in the elderly, supposing that they may respond more slowly to specific tasks not because their cognitive skills are slower but rather because they are more determined to get the task right on the first try. This is certainly not ground breaking research, but those interested might read the full Scientific American article and, if interested, check out a few additional resources provided below related to the impact of aging on other cognitive processes. Happy new year!

  • Rogers, W. A. (2000). Attention and aging. In D. Park & N. Schwarz (Eds.), Cognitive aging. Philadelphia, PA: Psychology Press.
  • Ebner, N. C. & Johnson, M. K.  (2009). Young and older emotional faces: Are there age group differences in expression identification and memory?  Emotion, 9(3), 329-339.
  • Salthouse, T (1991). Mediation of Adult Age Differences in Cognition by Reductions in Working Memory and Speed of Processing. Psychological Science, 2(3), 179-183.